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Keywords

advanced nursing practice, pain

 

Authors

  1. MUSCLOW, SHIRLEY L. MN, BScN, RN, ACNP
  2. SAWHNEY, MONAKSHI MN, BScN, RN, ACNP
  3. WATT-WATSON, JUDY PhD, RN

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the role qualifications and responsibilities related to advanced nursing practice in acute pain management across Canada. The Canadian Nurses Association national framework on advanced nursing practice was used as a guide to identify role components for nurses within this specialty. A self-administered questionnaire of fixed choice and open-ended questions was mailed to nurses in acute pain management throughout Canada. Respondents identified their primary role responsibilities as clinical, educational, and administrative. Role challenges included lack of administrative/colleague support, complexity of pain problems, role definition, and acceptance. Key areas of positive outcomes involved the patient as well as interdisciplinary and nursing teams. Nurses described the ability to provide continuity of care, patient and staff education, and leadership in pain management as important and rewarding. The role of advanced nursing practice in acute pain management throughout Canada is evolving. The affect of this role promises to enhance the quality of pain management for healthcare professionals and their patients.